Much of the world that I knew as a child is taken--places that have been discovered again and again many times over. But despite the island of Malta being one of the most conquered pieces of land in the world, it was one of the few places that has ever felt new to me.
Morocco was a culture shock, Paris a long-time dream, Prague a gentle surprise. Valetta was non-existent; a historical marker on the map that never crossed my mind. It was a welcome sight.
From the exquisite seafood (truly) to the friendly people, small cobblestone alleyways, and crystalline waters that sparkle in the sun, Malta's capital city of Valetta was none other than a beautiful gem of an experience. One that taught me the very important lesson of reaching beyond the known.